Located at 341 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Anderson Park sits on 2.38 acres that was originally part of Kings Meadows, which served as the vast plantation of the Rev. James King long before Bristol became a city. Bristol was founded in 1852 by King’s son-in-law, Joseph R. Anderson, who included a clause in his will to ensure the cow pasture behind his home would one day become a grand park for public use.
“I devise that the lot in front of the Pickens and Dr. Dickey’s house be reserved as a public square provided the corporation will use the same, ornament it, keep it enclosed as a public square perpetually. If this is not done, it reverts back to the heirs,” his will stated.
Today the park is an integral part of the City’s downtown area. In addition to being a great place to play, it hosts many activities throughout the summer, is a favorite spot for picnics or lunch-hour walks, and is quite often rented for weddings and public gatherings.
Among the many features of the park are a playground recommended for 5- to 12-year-olds, handicapped accessible swings, a small fire truck that is a favorite spot for small children, a 22-foot gazebo with benches, and an open-air stage equipped with lights and electricity. There are two Foursquare game boards, tables equipped with checkerboards, and doggie poo bag stations. The park is also equipped with numerous benches.